Heading to Italy soon and need help deciding what to pack? I’m here to help! In this Ultimate Italy Packing Guide, I will break down everything you should bring on your trip, what to leave at home, how to blend in with the locals, and more! Here are some of my top Italy packing tips to remember for your trip:
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- Keep it efficient
- Make sure you will be utilizing everything you pack
- Learn how to mix and match items to create different outfits and ultimately bring less baggage
- Bring packing cubes and organize each cube by clothing items
- Only pack clothes you feel comfortable in
- Pack a similar color scheme to mix and match
- Choose pants over jeans as Europeans love to dress smart casual
Pro tip: You’ll want to pack with packing cubes. They’re super helpful when trying to arrange your piles inside your luggage and they pop easily into your hotel drawers and keep your items organized.
What to Pack for Italy
First things first, check the forecast for Italy Weather so you can be covered on all bases. When you are ready to start pulling items have an area designated for piles so you can clearly see what you’ve already pulled. In order to blend in with the Italian locals try to dress smart casual. Limit the jeans and sneakers and opt for trousers and ballet flats instead. Do note I left the basics such as underwear and socks out of this list. After that, you are ready to start putting together your Italy packing list!
It’s still a bit chilly in Italy from April-June so keep that in mind when packing and remember to bring layers.
- A solid leather jacket: I’ve had this one for years and I can attest to it being worth every penny.
- Light denim jacket
- 1 pair of stylish jeans: this pair is my favorite and so flattering!
- wide-legged pants
- pair with a white tee and jacket for dinner
- 2 sweaters
- I recommend a long cardigan and pullover
- PRO TIP: Wear your heavy clothes on the plane for more room in your luggage
- 2-3 basics tees: I always find the best basics at Madewell and Abercrombie.
- A white button-down
- A nice blouse for dinners
- 2-3 flowy dresses shop my favorites here and here
- A pair of faux leather leggings
Spring Shoes + Accessories
- A stylish pair of sneakers
- Ankle booties
- Leather mules
- Crossbody bag
- drape in front of you for extra safety
- Large leather tote
- best for travel days and fitting that extra “souvenir” on the way home
- A cashmere scarf
- pair with a leather jacket for a sightseeing day
- Wide Brim Fedora to add a little spice to your outfits
Keep things light and airy in the daytime since the sun can be strong in summer. Remember to always bring a light jacket out at night because of the temperature since it usually drops during the evening hours. Finally, make sure to drink lots of water when traveling in the summer. Don’t forget to pack that reusable water bottle!
- Two good pairs of wide-leg pants
- perfect for daytime and can dress it up with heels at night
- White Maxi Dress
- perfect for those breezy summer days with sandals or dress it up at night with strappy heels
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 3-4 basic tees and tanks
- A white button-down blouse
- can be worn with a skirt or jeans for an updated dinner look
- Denim jacket for those chilly nights
- 2-3 sundresses
- to keep cool during the day when sightseeing paired with sneakers
- 2-3 bathing suits
- a workout sets for travel days and any excursions
Summer Shoes + Accessories
- comfortable walking shoes – these are my favorite and I can confirm that they keep your feet comfortable all day while sightseeing.
- Leather mules
- Slide sandals for daytime that you can also wear for dinner and bring a pair of flip-flops for the pool
- High-heeled sandals keep it chunky heels for those cobblestone streets
- Neutral wide-brimmed sun hat
- Crossbody bag (drape in the front of you for extra safety)
- Large tote
Miscellaneous Items to pack for Italy
These items came in handy during traveling abroad. Always remember when packing liquids a good tip is to unscrew the top, place a plastic bag across the opening, then re-screw the top so you don’t have any spillage.
- sunscreen: This sunscreen brush is the best when traveling because you can put it over your makeup!
- electric power adapter
- reusable water bottle
- backup phone chargers
- money belt
I hope you are able to utilize this “What to Pack for Italy: The Ultimate Packing Guide” for your trip. And if you’re going soon have an Aperol spritz for me! Don’t forget to check out more of my Italy travel guides! Finally, check out my “22 Travel Essentials: to Pack for your next trip” for more ideas on what to bring!
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